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Rangers sign catcher, right-hander to minor league deals

The Rangers signed former Mariners’ catcher Steve Lerud to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.
The Rangers signed former Mariners’ catcher Steve Lerud to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training. photo@star-telegram.com

The Rangers have signed catcher Steve Lerud and right-hander Jaye Chapman to minor league deals. Lerud has been invited to major league camp.

Lerud, 32, has been with eight organizations during his 14-year career, including the San Francisco Giants’ Double A affiliate in 2016. He hit .229 with one homer and 19 RBIs in 60 games. He was released by the Mariners on April 6. His only major league action came in 2012-13 when he played nine games with the Phillies. Lerud was drafted in the third round by the Pirates in 2003 and spent seven years in the Pittsburgh organization. Rangers manager Jeff Banister was the Pirates’ field coordinator at the time. He’s also had minor league stints with the Royals, Orioles, Braves and Nationals.

Chapman, 29, last pitched for Tampa Bay’s Double A affiliate, going 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings after being traded from Milwaukee on July 10. He had major surgeries on both hips to repair a genetic condition and missed most of 2013.

His only major league action was with the Cubs in 2012 when he had a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings over 14 relief outings.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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